Welcome to The Loft Stage

The Loft Stage at East Ridge, a 938 seat state of the art facility, is home to East Ridge High School Band, Orchestra, Choir and Theater as well as the primary venue for Merrill Arts Center and many of our community's best fine arts events. If you have not yet visited the Loft, check out The Drowsy Chaperone, coming to the Loft Stage this November!
NOVEMBER 1-10 The Drowsy Chaperone

In this Tony-award-winning musical farce, the unnamed protagonist (man in a chair) seeks solace from his blues by tuning in to his favorite, albeit fictional, musical, The Drowsy Chaperone. As his record playing fills his lonely apartment, so too does the musical itself! A show within a show, the story deals with love, mistaken identity, gangsters posing as pastry chefs, all wrapped up in a satirical bow. You won't want to miss this jazzy and hilarious show!

Dec 6th


Women and War Cast

Author By Leah

Thank you so much to all who auditioned this week! Simply put it was amazing to see all of the talent that the Loft Stage has! Please know that casting is one of the hardest parts of the process for me as a director. Especially since I can only have twelve folks in the cast. I encourage anyone who was not cast to join us on Friday for the tech meeting. If you are cast we start tomorrow at 3:30 in the black box!

Buddy- Adam Garrity

Helen- Maren Van Deest

Jack- Jonas Hallstrom

Betsy- Allison Benjamin

Johnny- Ethan Willams

Agnes- Megan Horan

Desert Storm Captain (Hank)- Nolan Sherburne

Vietnam Marine- Alex Fisher

Doughnut Girl- Janie Mooreland

Specialist Fourth Class Delaney- Carolyn Lanz

Vietnam Nurse- Emma Lily

Westren Union Girl- Elizabeth Avery

Dec 5th


Women and War Callbacks

Author By Administrator
3:30pm Black Box
Elizabeth Avery
Maggie Barringer
Sydney Bramel
Jacqueline Chapek
Alex Fisher
Adam Garrity
Cassie Gleason
Jonas Hallstrom (leave 4:30)
Meghan Horan
Carolyn Lanz (arrive 4:15)
Emma Lilly
Anya Lu
Janie Mooreland
Nolan Sherburne
Maren VanDeest
Ethan Williams
Iris Youngdahl

No need to prepare anything in advance.

Nov 20th


One Act Auditions

Author By Carlson

Before auditioning, please take a moment to fill out the online registration form HERE.

Students will be asked to perform a monologue at auditions. Actors do not have to be confined to the monologues chosen or even the script. If they have another monologue they would like to show us that is fine. Memorization is not required.

Audition monologues can be found HERE.

Students may peruse the entire play script HERE.

Please e-mail director Leah Jensen (ljensen@theloftstage.org) with any one act questions.

Sep 19th


Joseph Tickets On Sale!

Author By Carlson

Click the link to access our ticketing system

Tickets for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat are now on sale! Our new online system, Vendini, allows patrons to select a seat of their choosing and tickets may even be redeemed from a cellphone through the partner application, Walletini. Tickets may also be printed from or picked up at will call the evening of the show. Please email Jeriann Jones, at jjones@theloftstage.org, with all ticketing questions.

Sep 19th


Parent Meeting Recap

Author By Carlson


Thank you so much for your enthusiasm about the East Ridge theatre program! We aim to give students a top-notch theatre education and none of that would be possible without you!

Here’s a recap of the meeting:

  • Student expectations: be on time, be prepared, communicate conflicts proactively, remain in good academic standing, utilize Loft Stage website for calendars
  •  Scene shop rules: safety, dressing appropriately, adult supervision
  • Registration: all participants of the musical will need to register through the activities office FeePay system. The registration fee is $65 and must be paid by September 29th. While registering, please also do the same for LoftPAC, our drama club. There is no fee associated but enrollment allows admin/district a clear picture of participation and can dictate future staffing/funding.
  • T-shirts: pay attention to the Loft Stage website for upcoming Joseph t-shirt orders.
  • Important dates: Please review the slideshow for a list of important/mandatory dates!
  • Remind 101: text Message: text @erhsjo17 to 81010 or Email: send email to erhsjo17@mail.remind.com
  •  Social media: Join us on Facebook, Twitter (@theloftstage), and Instagram (@theloftstage)
  • Tickets: sales will begin tonight! Details can be found on www.theloftstage.org

The presentation shown at tonight’s meeting can be found HERE.

Please fill out the following form to register parent contact information and to indicate area(s) of interest for our various booster committees: Parent Booster Link

Feel free to reach out to myself, any members of the production team, and/or booster leaders with any questions as they arise – we are all in this together!